Opening day tales from deer hunting

  • Updated: November 18, 2013 - 1:58 AM

Lincoln Carlson, 13, of Becker, bagged this dandy buck on opening day.

Some half-million deer hunters went afield beginning Saturday for Minnesota’s firearms whitetail season, resuming traditions or making new ones. Here are some of their stories:

Darian Peterson 22, Vernon Center

Deer hunting has always been a huge bonding weekend for my dad, Dennis, and my brother, sister and me. He has taken us hunting for years. This year, my brother couldn’t go, but my sister, Devin, 27, decided to hunt even though she recently gave birth to her first son. She shot a small buck at 6:49 a.m. opening day. My dad and I went out Sunday morning and settled into our stands. I hadn’t gotten a deer in four years. At about 8:10 a.m., I stood up to stretch and there was a doe right in front of me. I froze, she walked by, and then I sat down and fired. We found her in the woods, and my dad hugged me. It was such a happy moment. Less than an hour later, two deer came in and I shot at one, dropping it. My heart was racing and my legs were shaking. After four years of not getting a deer, I shot two within an hour! My dad came over and hugged me; I am so proud and lucky to have someone so special teach me how to hunt.’’


Erik Stromberg Maplewood

“Erik bagged his first 8-point buck — his second-ever deer — on opening morning at our deer camp near Park Rapids,’’ said his dad, Skip. “This was his first day out with my Model 7600 Remington that was bequeathed to him last May in recognition of his graduation from the U of M College of Pharmacy. After 25 years in the deer woods with this trusted weapon, it was fitting to pass this friend down to my son and go back to my dad’s Model 94 Winchester, which he bought used upon returning from the war. Such memories and traditions with father and son!’’

Tommy McNamara 11, Bloomington

“Tommy just completed his gun safety training this summer and was super excited to finally go deer hunting with me and his older brother near Longville,’’ said his dad, Chuck. “On Saturday morning, the first deer we saw was this 10-point buck. Tommy and I were hunting together in the same stand. He made a nice 75-yard shot. There were six of us in our party and we ended up getting three deer. Tommy’s was by far the nicest! He’s one lucky 11-year-old!’’

Dave Hrbacek St. Paul

“I started bow hunting three years ago at age 49. I worked hard and had opportunities, but couldn’t tag a deer. This year, I had more frustrations, including having a stand collapse. But, I never gave up. I reinforced the stand and hunted out of it Nov. 6. There was fresh snow on the ground, and I felt this might be the day I would finally put my archery tag on a deer. A little before 9 a.m., an 8-point buck came down the trail to my left and walked toward me. The wind was perfect. I let him walk a step or two past me and released an arrow for a perfect 10-yard shot — and got my first-ever bow kill at age 52!’’

Lincoln Carlson 13, Becker

“My son Lincoln got his first dear this year, hunting over a swamp near a lake on Grandpa’s central Minnesota dairy farm,’’ said his dad, Matt. “Lincoln was in the stand 45 minutes on opening morning when this nice 10-point buck poked its head out of the brush, and he shot it at 20 yards. He is still grinning. So is his proud Papa!’’


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Chicago 17 FINAL
Detroit 34
Philadelphia 33 FINAL
Dallas 10
Seattle 0 1st Qtr 14:04
San Francisco 0
Cleveland 11/30/14 12:00 PM
Washington 11/30/14 12:00 PM
Tennessee 11/30/14 12:00 PM
San Diego 11/30/14 12:00 PM
NY Giants 11/30/14 12:00 PM
Cincinnati 11/30/14 12:00 PM
Tampa Bay
Oakland 11/30/14 12:00 PM
St. Louis
New Orleans 11/30/14 12:00 PM
Carolina 11/30/14 12:00 PM
Arizona 11/30/14 3:05 PM
New England 11/30/14 3:25 PM
Green Bay
Denver 11/30/14 7:30 PM
Kansas City
Miami 12/1/14 7:30 PM
NY Jets
Edmonton 0 1st Prd 4:05
Nashville 0
Robert Morris 71
Santa Clara 57 FINAL
Tennessee 64
Oklahoma 59 FINAL
Butler 46
Austin Peay 79 FINAL
Brown 58
Princeton 56 FINAL
Texas-El Paso 62
Coastal Carolina 67 FINAL
Chattanooga 78
Kansas 76 FINAL
Rhode Island 60
Wisconsin 68 FINAL
Georgetown 65
USC Upstate 68
Long Island 54 FINAL
Stony Brook 73
San Diego 71 FINAL
Xavier 82
Illinois 88 FINAL
Indiana State 62
Cal State Fullerton 67 FINAL
Wright State 62
Western Ky 62 FINAL
Saint Josephs 59
Michigan State 77 FINAL
Rider 45
UCLA 55 2nd Half 12:22
North Carolina 38
Marquette 7:30 PM
Georgia Tech
Long Beach State 7:30 PM
Western Mich
Stephen F Austin 8:00 PM
Prairie View
UAB 8:30 PM
Rice 8:30 PM
San Jose St 10:00 PM
Washington St 10:59 PM
UC Santa Barbara
Baylor 10:59 PM
LSU 0 2nd Qtr 8:48
Texas A&M 7
(6) TCU 13 2nd Qtr 10:25
Texas 0
Northern Ill 11/28/14 10:00 AM
Western Mich
Nebraska 11/28/14 11:00 AM
Western Ky 11/28/14 11:00 AM
(19) Marshall
UCF 11/28/14 11:00 AM
So Florida
Houston 11/28/14 11:00 AM
Akron 11/28/14 12:00 PM
Kent State
Ball State 11/28/14 12:00 PM
Bowling Green
Buffalo 11/28/14 12:00 PM
Toledo 11/28/14 12:00 PM
Eastern Mich
Arkansas 11/28/14 1:30 PM
(17) Missouri
Navy 11/28/14 2:00 PM
South Alabama
(13) Arizona State 11/28/14 2:30 PM
(12) Arizona
Stanford 11/28/14 2:30 PM
(9) UCLA
(21) Colorado State 11/28/14 2:30 PM
Air Force
Virginia 11/28/14 7:00 PM
Virginia Tech
East Carolina 11/28/14 7:30 PM
North Texas 11/29/14 11:00 AM
TX-San Antonio
Old Dominion 11/29/14 11:00 AM
Fla Atlantic
(16) Georgia Tech 11/29/14 11:00 AM
(8) Georgia
Kentucky 11/29/14 11:00 AM
(24) Louisville
So Carolina 11/29/14 11:00 AM
(23) Clemson
West Virginia 11/29/14 11:00 AM
Iowa State
Rice 11/29/14 11:00 AM
Louisiana Tech
Michigan 11/29/14 11:00 AM
(7) Ohio State
Purdue 11/29/14 11:00 AM
Illinois 11/29/14 11:00 AM
Cincinnati 11/29/14 11:00 AM
NC State 11/29/14 11:30 AM
North Carolina
Syracuse 11/29/14 11:30 AM
Boston College
Louisiana 11/29/14 11:30 AM
Utah 11/29/14 12:00 PM
Texas State 11/29/14 1:00 PM
Georgia State
Idaho 11/29/14 1:00 PM
Appalachian St
Wyoming 11/29/14 2:00 PM
New Mexico
New Mexico St 11/29/14 2:00 PM
Arkansas State
UAB 11/29/14 2:30 PM
Southern Miss
(4) Miss State 11/29/14 2:30 PM
(18) Ole Miss
Notre Dame 11/29/14 2:30 PM
(10) Michigan State 11/29/14 2:30 PM
Penn State
(22) Minnesota 11/29/14 2:30 PM
(14) Wisconsin
(5) Baylor 11/29/14 2:30 PM
Texas Tech
Florida 11/29/14 2:30 PM
(1) Florida State
Rutgers 11/29/14 2:30 PM
San Jose St 11/29/14 2:30 PM
San Diego St
Tennessee 11/29/14 3:00 PM
Kansas 11/29/14 3:00 PM
(11) Kansas State
Connecticut 11/29/14 3:00 PM
BYU 11/29/14 3:30 PM
ULM 11/29/14 5:00 PM
Ga Southern
Middle Tennessee 11/29/14 6:00 PM
Texas-El Paso
Hawaii 11/29/14 6:00 PM
Fresno State
Wake Forest 11/29/14 6:00 PM
Pittsburgh 11/29/14 6:00 PM
(15) Auburn 11/29/14 6:45 PM
(2) Alabama
(3) Oregon 11/29/14 7:00 PM
Oregon State
Utah State 11/29/14 9:15 PM
(25) Boise State
Washington 11/29/14 9:30 PM
Washington St
Nevada 11/29/14 9:30 PM
UCF 12/4/14 6:30 PM
East Carolina
Hamilton 11/30/14 5:00 PM
Hartford 43 FINAL
Furman 53
Clemson 77 FINAL
Ohio State 86
Idaho State 53 FINAL
San Diego State 68
East Carolina 58 FINAL
(22) Syracuse 69
Santa Clara 0 Cancelled
Texas-El Paso 0
Florida State 68 FINAL
Washington 80
Wichita State 39 FINAL
Fla Gulf Coast 56
Wisconsin 44 FINAL
(1) South Carolina 67
Kansas State 0 Cancelled
BYU-Hawaii 52
Charlotte 58 FINAL
Montana 67
Illinois 77 FINAL
(9) Kentucky 71
Central Michigan 7:00 PM
Oklahoma 7:15 PM
South Florida
Princeton 7:30 PM
Wake Forest
(19) Oregon State 8:00 PM
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